Mebane, N.C. — Gas prices at several Mebane fuel stations climbed past the $4 mark Sunday, while pump prices nationwide broke the all-time record for Labor Day weekend.
Hurricane Isaac is one reason for the price increase, which has crept up about one penny each day since the Fourth of July, according to AAA Carolinas.
In the Triangle, prices are up about 19 cents over Labor Day weekend last year.
Edith Perry said many drivers have no choice but to pay extra.
"Gas prices go up at the most inappropriate times," she said. "Times when you know people are traveling quite a bit and, with the economy as it is, people are traveling more within 300 or 400 miles, you know, locally."
Less than one mile away from a Mebane BP with unleaded gas for $4.07, WRAL News spotted stations selling gas for around $3.70. That's why drivers should do some research before just filling up at the nearest pump.
Fuel Tracker lists where to find the least expensive gas in the area.
Prices are expected to drop once peak summer driving season winds down. In the meantime, Tim Crutchfield said he's staying home.
"I don't get to go out as much," he said. "I pretty much go to work and stay home. That's all I can afford."